Google Wants to Buy Digg, Twitter Search, Fontspace , Twhirl, Jing

Google Wants to Buy Digg, Twitter Search, Fontspace , Twhirl, Jing


Google is about to get even bigger. According industry blog Tech Crunch, Google is finalizing a deal to buy social media powerhouse Digg. If the deal does indeed go through, Google plans to fold the site into its “Google News” subsite. Microsoft, which is currently in the midst a three year advertising deal with Digg, attempted to purchase the site last year. A Microsoft takeover is still possible if the Google deal falls through, says the article.

While Microsoft continues to strike out in the mergers and acquisitions department, microblogging kingpin Twitter seems to have there game under control, announcing the purchase of the search engine Summize. The newly named “Twitter Search” does everything that Summize used to do, only under a different name. You might remember Summize from our report on May 5th.

Jing, a handy little program that gives users the ability to photograph and record their desktops, has recently turned one. And what better way to celebrate your birthday than to announce an affiliation. That’s right. The Jing project is now a part of SnagIt developer TechSmith. The Jing team is also upgrading its free storage space on screencast.com from 200 megabytes to two gigs.

What’s interesting about the acquisition is that Jing, SnagIt and Camtasia Studio all perform similar functions. Judging by the documentation available on the Jing website, TechSmith will be marketing the three platforms in “tiers” – a “good, better, best” approach. I am currently downloading Jing as I type this. I will give you all a full report on my experiences with the product in a future post.

Adobe has announced that Twhirl, their one-size-fits-all microblogging client, will now be supporting users of former Free Line all-star Identi.ca. Other services supported by Twhirl include Twitter, Seesmic, and Friendfeed. While Identi.ca might not be a household name, many users are confident that its inclusion will help garner the service some much deserved mainstream recognition.

And finally…

Unless you’re a graphic designer or a college student trying to push that page and a half essay on Moby Dick to two pages, you probably haven’t given fonts a second thought. Great typography can easily bring life and vibrance to a web space, while boring or overused fonts can make the same space seem boring. In the never ending quest to get a leg up on the competition, I suggest giving Fontspace a try. Fontspace delivers a repository of attractive fonts for an attractive price – free. So go experiment. You have nothing to lose… except for your utter reliance on Times New Roman, that is.

Google is finalizing a deal to buy social media powerhouse Digg. If the deal does indeed go through, Google plans to fold the site into its “Google News” subsite.

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